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Sweet16 Meets Ireland Engineering & Blunttech

This is a bunch of malarkey!

So….I grabbed a Stage 1 Kit from Ireland Engineering to kick my suspension refurbish off. Easy day, right?

I’m a bit of a safety hound hence the 3 ton jack stands and stacked tires under the 1600. I get frequent visits from my 3 & 5 year old daughters. They always want to see what daddy is doing with his “race car”.


Basically, I just started with ripping everything off after it was on the stands. Believe it or not, the part that took me a considerable amount of time was the old brake shoes. Those darn springs were giving me fits! Must go discs out back! One of my adjustment "nut" thingy's was pretty much stripped.


Pseudo success!


I had originally planned to go onto the military installation to sand blast as much as I could but I was horribly informed that they no longer support a sand blasting station. Dang it! Malarkey, I tell ya'!

Sooo.... One idea was to break out the pressure washer and put unsuspecting friends to work in the back yard!


^The pressure washer worked amazingly well in the hands of BMW hoarder, Brooklyn Taylor! (This coming from the guy who was nice and dry....while, eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich...) Brooklyn owns one of the only 6 speed manual equipped 850i's that I've seen in real life. V12 baby! VROOOOM.

So I was left with a bunch of rusty parts with no sand blaster. Time to break out the grinder:


I figured since he had so much horsepower, why not put a grinder in his hand while I got to work on something else! Probably should have covered the 70 Mustang.... Yes, it was covered in dust. More malarkey.


Look what showed up! It came with a grinding wheel, but a quick trip to Lowe's rectified that with a 8" wire wheel. Priceless!


After the wire wheel on the calipers, I started noticing weird things....like *different calipers* and *different brake pads*... :unsure: *scratches head, moves on* Malarkey....


Rear drums were painted with engine paint. So were the calipers. Don't know how long that will hold up to the heat, but at least the brake fluid won't strip the paint! :D


Onto the rear sub frame!

FIRE!!! There's nothing like the smell of burnt rubber!


More bushings....


A couple of relief cuts to release pressure so that I could use a hammer and chisel to knock these out.






I did not use POR 15, rather, a good ole' can of Rustoleum. This is *not* huge resto. I just want to get the car well sorted for daily use. Rattle can will do just fine.

Now let's put this thing together!

Okay. In putting this thing together, I noticed that the bushings were different sizes on the ends. Basically, the thicker bushings go on the outside of the arms.


So, I had to learn the hard way that these urethane bushings go in a "specific way". They are different sizes as you can see in the picture. Thick goes on the outside. Don't forget to grease these things as well!

Another road block:


I had to cut this little gusset down so that my bushings would actually fit. No problem! I was just shocked when I saw it.


Here another thing. When I got these nice little sub-frame bushing stiffeners, they wouldn't slide through. If this happens, just take your wife's best steak knife and cut through the little membrane-like rubber mold to allow them to fit through.


More paint...


Half Shafts are "sooo" like late 60's early 70's... Due to this, I had to do basic maintenance. I like to keep this little bottle around...it's just easier to use for small jobs like this. No, this is not actually Craftsman oil going into my half shafts...These will be replaced with CV shafts... Grice? Where are you?


Had to bend a few lines:




After: Somehow I can never make mine as pretty as the old lines.


Wonder how long this is going to look like this! LOL


Moving over to the front! Same basic stuff, bushings, but no shocks. Didn't feel I needed to spend another $200 for billys'. Not a lot of pictures...

First off, I would not try to put the LCA on without an impact. :-) That bolt on the ball joint just spins and spins.


Don't forget to pack it with a bunch of goo...


Another issue I had when I put it back on was the new grade 5 bolts I had was rubbing the LCA. Couldn't have that so I went back to the old bolt in the inside location and just safety wired it. When the suspension compresses, there were no more issues.


Much better!


Actually, there were issues.

Soooo, I screwed up. I painted the old shock tube with the shock in it. I taped everything up pretty well and it look really good when i finished. Problem is, I left a piece of tape on the shock cylinder.... You guessed it, the tape went into the shock body when I unintentionally compressed it and dorked up the seal.

Replacement... *sigh*


Things were just touch and go with getting this thing back together at this point....

Guess I over did it a little on the tranny fluid. (I never feel comfortable using the word "tranny"). Just saying.


Next issue: Completely forgot to attach my springs with safety wire. Please do this "BEFORE" you put your stuff back together with shorter springs...


DANGIT! Okay. Sometimes you just have to stop for the day, pop some popcorn and watch an episode of Game of Thrones.


Another helpful tid bit:

Tape to locate the spring while you are lowering it down.


Oh one, more thing. My top spring perches were so worn that I had to add spacers at the top to keep the perch from rubbing. If I ever upgrade to coilovers, I won't have this problem. Maybe in the future. It's only money, right?


I'll stop this here. I'm sure I'm missing some things. Please let me know if you have any questions?




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Sorry it took so long to get this out guys!  I was trying to make the Vintage! LOL

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Tim- how did I miss this? Love the pics of you and Brooklyn and all the parts?.


Vintage has grown so much I didn't get any time to talk to you....

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I followed a similar path

my Hat is off to you Sir !

what a great documentation of

the project

this will be helpful to those who follow

very generous of you

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On 6/21/2016 at 7:35 PM, jgerock said:

Tim- how did I miss this? Love the pics of you and Brooklyn and all the parts?.


Vintage has grown so much I didn't get any time to talk to you....


Honestly, I don't know!  I'm sure we'll link up at some point before the next Vintage!

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13 hours ago, WRCnoo said:

Great post. It was fun to read and to see how you did everything. I learned a lot!

There's so much more I didn't post.  I'm horrible at it!  Plus full time contractor, full time doctoral student, full time dad....etc. *cue violin*.


I'm just really busy!

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Thanks all, I managed to get an M10 from Grice which is in the tear down phase!  I'll be posting Operation 2dot0 soon.  Stay tuned!

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